CentralTrak

CentralTrak closed in June 2017 due to lease cancellation, keep tuned to future developments in the arts program!

History

Built on the forward-thinking intellectual resources of the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas and the rich cultural fabric of Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency beared a twofold mission of promoting unparalleled artistic experimentation and encouraging critical engagement with the local urban context. It was an incubator for cutting-edge international and national artists to cultivate sophisticated intellectual discourse around art and politics in the world and the collections and events of the arts institutions of DFW. Centraltrak was a forum for avant-garde exploration of how one defines "creative form," be it in words, art, architecture, or urbanism. The aim was to inject artists and writers from the USA and other nations into a community of professional artists in Dallas and, thus, to introduce the Dallas public and UT Dallas students to a heady mixture of professional artists working in all media.

CentralTrak supported four artists - one Texas artist and three national and international artists - for varying periods of time, from two weeks to one year. Artists lived in the residency and showed work and curated exhibitions in the gallery space located at 800 Exposition Avenue in the historic neighborhood, Deep Ellum, located in downtown Dallas. Visiting artists also engaged the greater public of DFW by exhibiting work and giving public lectures in joint institutions, such as the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the Dallas Museum of Art.